Another close-up flower shot for you today. I’m really quite impressed with the flexibility of the Canon kit lens!
Today’s post was inspired by a conversation last night about these fascinating organisms called Tardigrades or Water Bears. These little microscopic eight-legged animals are the only known organism to have survived in space, fully exposed to solar radiation, they can survive temperatures from almost absolute zero to 150 degrees Centigrade, repair their own DNA, and survive in a dehydrated stasis for years to then return to life when rehydrated as if by magic! One of their favourite habitats is moss, so there’s probably some in today’s photo. Ten points if you can spot one…
Ice crystals on top of my car this morning, taken whilst waiting for it to warm up from a bracing -12 degrees Celsius.
I spotted this beautiful caterpillar whilst bouldering at Almscliff during the summer. A little research suggests that this is most likely a Painted Lady caterpillar (Cynthia Cardui), a remarkable species which migrates from the UK to North Africa every Autumn!
Thanks to UK Safari for the excellent information.